Why Wade Davis photographs

The Tyee Wed November 16 2016 By: Ian Gill

The Tyee featured Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor, who is also a celebrated explorer and photographer. Davis discussed the cultural diversity represented in his new photography book.

“We have this idea that these Indigenous peoples, these distant others, quaint and colourful though they may be, are somehow destined to fade away, as if by natural law, as if they are failed attempts at being modern, failed attempts at being us. This is simply not true,” he said. “Change is no threat to culture, nor is technology.”

Chinese home-buying frenzy coming to a city near you

Bloomberg Mon November 14 2016

David Ley, a UBC geography professor, was quoted in a Bloomberg story on the Chinese home-buying spree.

The article reported that one challenge for Chinese investors is the $50,000 annual cap on individuals’ foreign-currency purchases. Reasons cited for the jump in purchasing may be due to a weakening yuan, increasing domestic housing costs and the need to secure offshore footholds.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Ley who wrote a book on the flood of rich East Asian migrants in the 1980s and 1990s. The story also appeared on MSN and the New Zealand Herald.

iPad apps can teach kids just as well as human instructors

CBC Fri November 11 2016 By: Michelle Ghoussoub

Work on interactive forms of media by Susan Birch, a UBC psychology professor, was featured on CBC (segment starts at 17:15). Birch’s latest study found that young children can learn equally well from interactive media as they can from in-person instruction.

“What’s unique about interactive media is it’s responsive or reactive to the child’s responses, which makes it a bit more similar to social interaction and potentially more engaging for children,” she said.

The story also appeared on CBC online and Yahoo.

What does Trump presidency mean for the Arctic?

Radio Canada Fri November 11 2016 By: Levon Sevunts

Radio Canada interviewed Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, about the way a Trump presidency will affect the Arctic.

“We have no clear indication of any future direction,” Byers said. “The one element that relates directly to the Arctic is his view on climate change and obviously that will cause some real problems if he proceeds to dismantle U.S. climate change policy.”

Anonymous donor indigenous works

Globe and Mail Thu November 10 2016

An indigenous art collection valued at about $7 million is being given to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology by an anonymous donor, various media outlets reported. The collection includes more than 200 pieces and is believed to be the largest collection of northwest coast First Nations art to return to B.C. in decades.

The art will be housed in a Gallery of Northwest Coast masterworks, funded by a $3 million donation from the Doggone Foundation and a $500,000 grant from the Canadian government.

The Canadian Press story appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC, Global, CTV, News 1130, and Alaska Highway News. Similar stories appeared in the Vancouver Sun, The Province, Canadian Art, Metro News, and Georgia Straight.

Mysteries of dreamless sleep come to light

Yahoo U.K. Fri November 11 2016 By: Stephanie Bucklin

Yahoo U.K. featured dream research from Evan Thompson, a UBC philosophy professor.

The researchers suggest that people experience various states within dreamless sleep and that people have conscious experiences throughout all states of sleep. “The idea that dreamless sleep is an unconscious state is not well-supported by the evidence,” said Thompson.

After Trump, Canada needs to guard against fear-fuelled politics

Metro News Thu November 10 2016 By: Jen St. Denis

Metro News interviewed David Moscrop, a UBC political scientist and PhD candidate, for a story on the need for Canada to be cautious about politics based on fear. “We have this Canadian smugness that it couldn’t possible happen here, our people don’t think like that, we’re not xenophobic, we’re not racist, but that population exists,” he said.

Moscrop also spoke to Pique Magazine about the federal Liberals. “It’s mixed across the board with nothing really standing out as major accomplishments, but you know, they also haven’t caulked anything up particularly badly,” he said. “That, to a lot of people, is good enough for now.”

Minority groups working to asses reality of Trump presidency

News 1130 Wed November 9 2016 By: Jill Drews

Ayesha Chaudhry, a UBC professor of Islamic studies and gender studies, was interviewed on News 1130 about the implications of Donald Trump’s win for minorities. She said Trump’s hateful rhetoric was not surprising but saddening.

“It was deeply, deeply depressing to see that tens-of-millions of people, over 50-million people, left their homes to vote for this person who had made a campaign based on hateful conversations about and hateful remarks about undocumented immigrants, about Mexicans, about Muslims, about women, about torture and about restricting freedom of expression and against journalists,” she said.

Local indigenous movements can learn from Standing Rock protest

CBC Sun November 6 2016

Sarah Hunt, a UBC indigenous studies professor, spoke to CBC about protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Hunt said the displays of solidarity are impressive, but she questioned if people will continue to remain engaged. “What happens the next day? What happens when people leave that protest? What happens when things die down?” she asked.

Sorry, that DNA test doesn’t make you indigenous

CBC Sun November 6 2016

Charles Menzies, a UBC anthropologist, was interviewed on CBC Radio about the complications with claiming indigenous heritage.

Menzies, a member of B.C.’s Gitxaala Nation, said those who have indigenous background but have not lived as an indigenous person can take on only positive elements of an indigenous identity.

“It also sets apart recent immigrants and true, rooted, kind of Euroamerican/Indigenous citizens who have a real connection to the land, but they’re not kind of locked in a primitive past – which is the really nasty racist connotation,” he said. “All of these kinds of popular imaginations imaging having some amount of indigenous background, but not so much as to be completely thwarted by the deficits.”

Discussing UBC Opera’s The Consul

CBC Thu November 3 2016

Nancy Hermiston, the director of the UBC Opera ensemble, was interviewed on CBC’s Early Edition about the production playing at UBC’s Old Auditorium called The Consul.

The Consul is set in a European country under totalitarian rule and Hermiston noted the parallel between the opera and the current international political climate.

“It was a reaction to the Second World War… the indifference of the world’s nations to take the Jewish refugees from the Holocaust and refugees in general,” she said. “The alarming thing is when you see this opera, when you look at the situation, we wonder if we’ve learned anything.”

The segment starts at 2:18:40.

The dog training strategies that work on kids

Quartz Fri November 4 2016 By: Lila MacLellan

Quartz interviewed Stanley Coren, a UBC professor emeritus of psychology, for a story on the dog training techniques that would work for human children ages two to two-and-a-half.

“This works both emotionally and cognitively, so the techniques that will work for a two- or three-year-old child will work for a dog and vice versa,” he said. Positive reinforcement and modelling good behaviour are some of the suggested strategies.

Morneau confirms Liberals seeking to eliminate more tax credits

Globe and Mail Wed November 2 2016 By: Bill Curry

The Globe and Mail reported on a tax credits advisory panel that includes Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist. Milligan is one of seven members on the advisory panel.

Though he often comments on public-policy issues, he said he would avoid “any statement critical of Finance Canada or government policies, programs, or officials …” during the four-month tax credit review period.

Deborah Campbell among Writers’ Trust Award winners

CTV Thu November 3 2016

CTV highlighted Deborah Campbell, a UBC creative writing instructor, who won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for “A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War.”

Campbell has spent more than a decade reporting from countries including Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Russia. Her book was chosen from among five finalists, and the jury read 95 books submitted by 50 publishers.

Love or money? Economics of online dating

Time Wed November 2 2016 By: Chris Taylor

Time Magazine published a Reuters story quoting Marina Adshade, a lecturer at UBC’s School of Economics, about the relationship between money and love.

“Dating markets don’t have currency, so they depend on other mechanisms to operate, much like a barter system,” Adshade said. “It all depends on what you are bringing to the table. Some of those qualities might be age or attractiveness – and some are financial.” The story also appeared in the Globe and Mail.